Monday, August 30, 2021
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Lauren and I took the short to Philly to see Dead & Company as they hit the City of Brotherly Love for a one night show. They just came off a night in Queens and will now head up to Bethel , NY.
What a great venue for a show. Right off 95, right into the parking lot and after a quick ride out and home. Before the show we hit Shakedown and visited the temptation to try some nitrous, mushrooms, edibles or Jaeger shots that were being offered buy the vendors. The police on the horses and in the patrol cars kept the action, well, out in the open. We did score our favorite nastys-ass-cooks-fingers Dead Head grilled cheese.
The show started with Mississippi Half-Step and finished with Brokedown. It was a one set show with a short Drums and no Space as an intermission. The "second set" after drums was The Wheel into a solid Morning Dew. My favorite of the night was Terrapin although Franklin's was a tight second. Always fun taking Lauren to another show...after she said she's going to get tickets for Hersey in a few weeks.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Been doing a little everything during these dog days of a ridiculously hot and wet summer. Mercer County has been like a sauna and a rain forest. Temperature control inside our big ol' house has been impossible. My basement is wet and sticky and a moist mess. That said its only been a few times out on the Delaware or searching for snakeheads in some local ponds. Erin and I encountered the below dinosaur when on the prowl in a buggy and lily pad choked pond.
One evening decided to take a romantic cruise down the river for some dinner. I had the boat in the water and Theresa met me in her scrubs after work. Nice plan. Nice ride for the first 25 minutes. My goal was to get to Curtain's in Burlington City to catch a bite and a beer and the sunset. Well about two miles away the sky was looking kind of gray, and a mile away the heavens opened up, like really opened up. We motored in and found...
they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. I should have checked the weather or bailed out when I saw the sky but I was laser focused on having a nice dinner. In the end we dried off on the way back and by
the time we hit Bordentown it was a beautiful sky and sunset and dry as a bone as the rain line was somewhere around Florence. Each time I hit the river I can't believe how much of a river it is, seeing it from the waters perspective. The other thing that I didn't know is that in parts below Trenton channels and deep holes hit over 50 feet deep. The other thing is the 9 foot tide has to be taken into account when wading but also when putting in and taking out. I don't want to go there about taking out on low tides.
In between work and putzing around the house and river there has been Cape May. Love it down there. Next summer thinking of keeping the boat at a local marina. I really have to figure out something for the radar on Jim's boat, it isn't stable and is surely not good for the boat, the unit, or passengers.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Erin and I put in at Trenton, where I purchased a season pass, and headed up to behind Cooper'sd and then down as far south as the Turnpike Bridge. Along the way we stopped at Debby's in Florence for some ice cream.
I had the rod on the boat and made a few casts but it wasn't a fly fishing day. It felt good to get the boat out. I think there's a part of me that is kinda scared. This boat is not like mine and has been rigged up and don't know all that it has and can do. Between that and sinking my pick up last year getting it out of the water at Atlantic Highlands had me a bit gun shy also. But it likes riding a horse, you fall off, you get back on. I'm not too thrilled with the way the Yukon tows it so doesn't help either. When I got back home I went to give it a bath with my neighbors pressure washer and as soon as I turned it on it blew out where the high pressure hose was kinked. If that was all that wrong on the shakedown trip that's okay by me.
Friday, August 6, 2021
It was weird because its almost a new moon and although the tide was high there just wasn't much for water. The sand has been pulled off the beach and it breaks on the outer bar and runs across the structureless shallow sand to the beach. Not much for structure and the water comes in and goes out. While we were on the rocks I made a cast on the south side where the SW swell was coming from and encountered the salp. It covered the head of my flies.
As I looked over to Leif I noticed a gentleman in the pocket remove his clothes down to his skivvies and take a morning bath. Alright I guess, but there was a load of people and young kids within eyesight.
On the way home I stopped by the Delaware and made a few casts on the dead low tide. The river looks good and I have seen some recent catches made during the twilight hours by local angler Bruce
Pashley. One that taped in at 28 inches. They must be starting to target the herring and shad fry that are making their way down river. While its nice to hit the beach maybe I should be staying local and learn the fall fishery here before the mullet run starts in September.